Transition to Postsecondary Education for Students With Disabilities
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Transition to Postsecondary Education for Students With Disabilities



© 2009 | 248 pages | Corwin

"Today, students with disabilities have more postsecondary options than ever before. They need to make knowledgeable decisions about their futures. This timely resource provides critical guidance educators and families need to help students transition into postsecondary education and careers with purposeful success. The authors offer a powerful storehouse of information and suggestions that fills a longstanding vacuum in our professional resources."
—Patricia K. Ralabate, Senior Policy Analyst
National Education Association

"This book fills a noticeable gap in our profession's ability to identify the keys elements, strategies, and resources required for successful transition into postsecondary education."
—Robert N. Ianacone, Former President
International Division on Career Development

"The book is well-written, easy to read, and addresses many facets and avenues for transitioning effectively. A must-have!"
—Jane Williams, Former Professor and Chairperson, Department of Special Education
Towson University

Help students with disabilities put their goals into action and navigate postsecondary life!

As mandated by federal law, schools must assist students with disabilities in developing appropriate goals and transition plans for life after high school. Written for teachers and student assistance professionals, this comprehensive and practical book focuses on how the planning process can prepare students for the greater independence of postsecondary settings.

Recognizing that students with disabilities have a wide range of needs, this resource discusses the transition requirements of various postsecondary options, including colleges, universities, career and technical training programs, and employment. Developed by highly regarded experts, this authoritative guide includes:

  • The most up-to-date information on key legislation that affects transition services and the rights and responsibilities of students and professionals
  • Advice for helping students document disabilities, develop self-advocacy skills, and seek accommodations
  • Information about postsecondary resources on campus and in the community
  • Students' personal stories and a look at the role of family involvement
  • An overview of transition considerations for middle school youth

With user-friendly tools such as checklists, case studies, and reflective questions to support the creation of transition plans, educators can help students successfully explore and pursue educational opportunities after high school.

 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. Who Is the Student in Transition to Postsecondary?
 
2. What Changes as the Student Moves From the Secondary to the Postsecondary World?
 
3. Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy Skills Essential for Successful Transition to Postsecondary Settings
 
4. Guided Pathways: Colleges and Universities
 
5. Guided Pathways: Career-Technical Education
 
Focus on the Year After High School
 
7. Role of Community Agencies in Supporting Transition to Postsecondary Education
 
8. Students Voices
 
9. Considerations for Students with Specific Disabilities
 
Resource A
 
References
 
Index

"While secondary educators have improved opportunities for the development of skills necessary for academic success and transition to the next setting, there is a need for practitioner-friendly information on what persons with disabilities need to access postsecondary education and careers as well as how their participation in these areas can improve their outcomes. Kochhar-Bryant, Bassett, and Webb do a fine job in responding to this need."

Michael J. Ward, Coordinator, Transition Special Education Distance Education Certificate Program
George Washington University

"A primer for teaching all students with special needs who are moving from the protective environment of our secondary schools to self-reliance, self-advocacy, and independence. This book fills a noticeable gap in our profession’s ability to identify the key elements, strategies, and resources required for successful transition into postsecondary education. Moreover, this book is a lifeline for parents who are asking what’s next, where do we go from here, and who can we go to for services when needed."

Robert N. Ianacone, Former President
International Division on Career Development

"Meets the need for a comprehensive set of strategies for assisting young adults' transition to postsecondary education and work environments. The book is well-written, easy to read, and addresses many facets and avenues for transitioning effectively. A must-have!"

Jane Williams, Former Professor and Chairperson, Department of Special Education
Towson University

"Today, students with disabilities have more postsecondary options than ever before. They need to make knowledgeable decisions about their futures. This timely resource provides critical guidance educators and families need to help students transition into postsecondary education and careers with purposeful success. The authors offer a powerful storehouse of information and suggestions that fills a longstanding vacuum in our professional resources."

Patricia K. Ralabate, Senior Policy Analyst
National Education Association

I appreciated the emphasis on the mild/moderate population and connections to post-secondary education and options, with particular attention paid to self-determination and self-advocacy.

Dr LISA KEITH
SPECIAL EDUCATION, Fresno Pacific University
January 29, 2016

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